Went to the show last night and must say I was very disappointed.
The new dialogue adds absolutely nothing to the story as far as I could tell and means they couldn't use Richard Burtons voice, which I think is the perfect voice for this story. I'm not a fan of Liam Neeson anyway, but he doesn't sound as good.
Marti Pellow was nowhere near as good as Justin Haywood. Haywood seems to sing from the gut and Pellow just seemed lacklustre and in the wrong tone.
Preferred Thompson as the voice of humanity, though the new guy isn't too bad....one of the better singers last night.
Jason Donovan didn't really sound great either.
The guy playing the artillery man (not sure of his name) was pretty good....star of the show for me.
The sound levels were off. The music sometimes drowned the vocals out, sometimes the vocals drowned out the music. The snare drum was too loud and drowned out almost everything. They changed some of the instruments/arrangements on several songs, which didn't sound as good as the original and had annoying echoes on some comments/words.
There was some dialogue between two people, but one of them was mute.
All in all very disappointed. I don't see why they messed with such an amazing album/show and really can't see why Burton would be left out. I guess if you'd never seen the show before, you'd be impressed, but I much preferred it the last time I went. Saying that, most of the audience seemed to enjoy it.
So, gutted as they've kind of ruined it for me....and 'cos I spent £280 getting 4 tickets. Hopefully they'll revert back to the original version.